When we first attempted to take the band off the Timex TX, we ran into a problem removing the retaining pin. We tried tapping it out using the inexpensive tools we had purchased from a few Ebay vendors (Hong Kong, India). Those tools are fine for simple tasks such as removing links from a watch band. However, all of them buckled and broke when we tried using them to get the TX's pin out.
We realized we needed some REAL tools for the project. The one place we know that sells quality watchmaker tools is the Boston Watch Exchange. The tool we needed was this EcoWatch hammer and pin punch set. We also realized a bracelet block would be a good addition as it makes holding the watch a lot easier.
The EcoWatch tool was exactly what we needed for the job. A few sharp raps were all that was needed to loosen the stubborn pin. it was pretty amazing how easy it was to get the job done once we had the right tool. Now that we can easily change the bands, we plan to get a few different ones and mix and match them to fit our mood.
With the pin out, replacing the band took just a few minutes. If you buy one of these great Timex TXs, do know that even though the orange band will eventually darken with use, functionally they will hold up to the abuse of daily wear. Fortunately, you can get replacement bands directly from Timex and most jewelers will be happy to replace the bands for you. However, with the right tools, it is easy to do it yourself. [Permalink]- Timex TX Band Replacement